Ignite 2017 Day 1 Recap

The first day of Microsoft Ignite brought a staggering amount of announcements, most of which I have yet to read about in detail.  With the number of product groups represented at the conference, I am sure there are still some that I haven’t heard about.  In all of the sessions I attended today, I saw Microsoft’s mission throughout.  It is clear that they are really focused on ensuring users have the tools they need to be productive.

Microsoft Mission: Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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MS Ignite 2017: Top 5 Sessions

Microsoft Ignite kicks off on Monday, and I can’t wait for another year of immersion in all of the enterprise technologies that Microsoft has to offer.  If you are still struggling to sort through the 1500+ sessions available, let me persuade you to check out my top 5 anticipated sessions for the week.

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ConfigMgr 1702 Rollup Update Deployment Gotchas

Microsoft released a Rollup Update for Configuration Manager v1702 this week to address multiple issues.  One specific issue that affected many deployments was related to operating system deployment:

Starting with System Center Configuration Manager, version 1702, unknown computers that are started from media or PXE may not find task sequences targeted to them. This issue may occur if the Previous button on the “Select a task sequence to run” page is selected on the unknown computer.

There are already great examples of how to install this update, but there are a couple of key gotchas I ran into during deployment.

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SCCM Client Stuck in Provisioning Mode

I was recently called to investigate an issue with failed client installations on newly imaged Windows 10 machines.  The symptoms were as follows:

  • Opening Configuration Manager from the Control Panel of the affected computer is missing tabs.  Typically only the General, Components, Actions, Site, Cache, and Network tabs are displayed.
  • The tabs that are displayed in Configuration Manager on the computer are incomplete as well.

ProvisioningMode

  • The registry key HKLM\Software\Microsoft\CCM\CcmExec\ProvisioningMode is set to True

Regedit Provisioing mode SCCM 2012 client

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